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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:31:19 -0500
Soccer-Blatter out of hospital, confidant tells Reuters TV

By Marina Depetris ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter, whose world soccer federation is mired in a corruption crisis, has been discharged from hospital, his confidant and former publicist Klaus Stoehlker said on Thursday. "He's recovering very fast." Blatter, who last month was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee pending a full investigation into his conduct, had been in hospital since Friday, when his U.S.-based lawyer, Richard Cullen, said the Swiss national had been admitted for a checkup. Under the terms of the suspension, Blatter, 79, who has been the FIFA president since 1998, is not allowed into the FIFA headquarters or any football stadium in an official capacit

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:31:19 -0500
Soccer-Blatter out of hospital, confidant tells Reuters TV

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursda

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:00:17 -0500
Five enter FIFA presidency race; Bility, Platini sidelined

Kickoff can't come soon enough for those involved in the friendly between France and Germany in Paris on Friday. While France striker Karim Benzema fights to clear his name in a sex tape controversy, German officials are caught up in corruption allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany. This is France's biggest test since losing 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals last yea

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:49:17 -0500
Scandals overshadowing France-Germany friendly

MADRID (AP) -- With both sides hit by a series of injuries, Spain's friendly against England on Friday may not quite live up to expectation

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:38:46 -0500
FIFA passes Sheikh Salman as election candidate

FIFA said on Thursday it had admitted five candidates for its presidential election, scheduled for February amid the worst crisis in its history, after Liberia's Musa Bility failed an integrity check and Michel Platini was also sidelined. UEFA president Platini, originally the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of global soccer's governing body, was not admitted because he is suspended for 90 days pending a full Ethics Committee investigation. FIFA had already announced that it would not process the Frenchman's registration while he was suspended, but could review its position if he wins an appeal against the ba

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:15:28 -0500
Soccer-No regrets over City move, says stubborn Sterling

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA said on Thursday it had admitted five candidates to stand for the world soccer body's presidency at a Feb. 26 election. In a statement, Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates were: Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale. Of the seven potential candidates named last month, Michel Platini and Musa Hassan Bility were not admitted. The decision can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shield

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:46:22 -0500
Soccer-Sweden and Ibra aim to silence Danes in playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando City forward Cyle Larin has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Yea

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:46:21 -0500
Soccer-Blatter relaxed, recovering and "still president", says confidant

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his world soccer federation mired in a corruption crisis, is recovering in hospital after a health scare but should be discharged soon, a confidant said on Wednesday. Klaus Stoehlke told Reuters by telephone the 79-year-old, who was last month suspended for 90 days by the Ethics Committee of soccer's governing body, still considers himself FIFA president - a position he was first elected to in 1998. "When I phoned him in the hospital this morning, he we had a nice chat...he seemed relaxed, he said his brain and heart are working." Blatter has been in hospital since Friday when his U.S. based lawyer Richard Cullen issued a statement saying that the Swiss national had been admitted for a checku

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:46:42 -0500
Soccer-Neymar the best in the world right now, says Dunga

Sepp Blatter remains in a Swiss hospital after what his spokesman called a ''small breakdown'' related to stress. The 79-year-old suspended FIFA president expects to leave the hospital next Monday, Zurich-based spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ''(Blatter) will be back officially in business on Tuesday next week,'' Stoehlker said in a telephone intervie

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:04:13 -0500
Soccer-England, Belgium friendlies a chance for Spain to shine

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Sepp Blatter remains in the hospital in Switzerland after what his spokesman called a ''small breakdown.'&#03

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:13:09 -0500
Soccer-Restoring German football will take time - Rauball

Ex-FIFA official Eugenio Figueredo has agreed to be extradited to his home country of Uruguay but the United States must approve the move first, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Wednesday. If the United States does not agree that Figueredo, a former vice-president of the South American Football Confederation, be extradited to Uruguay, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said it would decide where he will be sent. Switzerland had approved Figueredo's extradition to the United States in Septembe

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:09:39 -0500
Soccer-Argentine FA strips referee of international status

For Zlatan Ibrahimovic to probably make his international swansong at Euro 2016, he must continue his ferocious form in front of goal for Sweden in its playoff against Denmark. Ibrahimovic was the fourth highest scorer in qualifying with eight strikes, but a third-place finish in Group G behind Russia and Austria means Sweden's only route to the championship is to defeat Denmark over two legs, starting on Saturday. At the age of 34, he's not expected to play internationally beyond Euro 2016 in Franc

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:38:32 -0500
MLS Rookie of the Year: Orlando City forward Cyle Larin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- It's always special when Argentina and Brazil play, even if this time Argentina goes into the match without stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguer

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:34:09 -0500
Soccer-Bony, Kalou out of Ivory Coast - World Cup qualifiers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando City forward Cyle Larin has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Yea

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:26:06 -0500
Olympics-Maracana to host Olympic soccer finals, FIFA says

The men's and women's Olympic football finals will be played at the Maracana stadium, FIFA announced on Tuesday. The opening game will be a women's group match on Aug. 3 at the Olympic Stadium in host city Rio de Janeiro, FIFA added. The opening men's match will be on Aug. 4 in Brasilia, the most expensive stadium built for the 2014 World Cup but little used since because no big teams play in the cit

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:14:20 -0500
With Benzema out, France coach Deschamps considers options

Tim Howard spent eight years as the top goalkeeper for the U.S. national team. Brad Guzan took over for a year during Howard's sabbatical. Now coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he plans to rotate them until deciding on a No. 1 for next year's Centennial Copa Americ

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:42:44 -0500
With Benzema out, France coach Deschamps considers options

In a clash of sports mired in crisis, the FIFA ethics committee will study Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko's role in his country's damaging doping scandal. On Monday, a World Anti-Doping Agency panel put Mutko's sports ministry at the heart of the doping conspiracy in Russia, claiming it was linked to ''intimidation and interference'' and gave direct orders to manipulate samples. ''We are analyzing this documentation carefully,'' the FIFA ethics committee investigation chamber said Tuesday in a statemen

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:04:10 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Nov 10

LONDON (AP) -- Neymar and Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesda

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:25:25 -0500
Soccer-Liverpool - Ibe hoping to flourish under Klopp

Pressure is growing on Franz Beckenbauer to speak out on the latest corruption allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The former Bayern Munich great, who captained and coached Germany to World Cup titles, has been linked to disgraced former FIFA official Jack Warner in reports published Tuesday. One day after German soccer federation president Wolfgang Niersbach resigned, two German newspapers linked Beckenbauer to Warner, who was then a member of the FIFA executive committe

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:29:14 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of U.S. parents who sued several soccer organizations, including international governing body FIFA, is no longer pursuing legal claims because of steps taken to address the issue of concussions suffered by youth players, a lawyer for the group said on Monday. The lawsuit, filed last year in federal court in California, said FIFA and other groups such as the American Youth Soccer Organization have not done enough to reduce preventable injuries from repetitive ball heading. Meanwhile, the U.S. Soccer Federation and other groups developed a new initiative to limit heading for children under 14 years old and implement other concussion awareness efforts, according to a joint statemen

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:31:45 -0500
Soccer-Im not smart enough to be FIFA president, says Ronaldo

The U.S. starts World Cup qualifying while on its first three-game home losing streak since 1997, which has restarted complaints about coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann brought the team to Barry University, wanting two days of training in heat and humidity ahead of next week's game in Port-of-Spain. ''Our younger players have to come out of their shell,'' Klinsmann said when asked about leaving off the 32-year-old Dempsey, the first American male to score in three World Cup

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:50:13 -0500
Reactions to anti-doping commission report

The most important date of the year for Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing to do with Real Madrid's big ''clasico'' games against Barcelona. According to Ronaldo, it's when he takes a private jet on the annual January trip to Zurich to discover if he will be crowned the world's top player at FIFA's Ballon D'Or extravaganza. ''It's a card inside an envelope that can change so much,'' Ronaldo says in a new documentary about his life that was premiered Monday in Londo

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:53:06 -0500
Soccer-Spanish forward Michu leaves Swansea

German football association President Wolfgang Niersbach resigned on Monday over a 2006 World Cup scandal that has tarnished the reputation of the world's biggest soccer federation. Niersbach, who is being investigated for tax evasion, said he was taking the political responsibility for a controversial 6.7-million euro ($7.22-million) payment to FIFA that was allegedly used to bribe officials of world soccer's governing body to vote for Germany's World Cup bi

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:51:17 -0500
Soccer-German FA boss Niersbach resigns over 2006 World Cup scandal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Vieira has been hired to coach New York City FC, which finished eighth in the MLS Eastern Conference in its debut season and then fired Jason Krei

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:43:05 -0500
ATHLETICS-Reactions to anti-doping commission report

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The president of the German football federation is resigning over a FIFA payment that has resulted in a tax evasion prob

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:34:05 -0500
SEB COE SAYS HAS GIVEN RUSSIAN FEDERATION UNTIL END OF THE WEEK TO RESPOND TO ANTI-DOPING REPORT

Former France international Patrick Vieira has been appointed head coach of New York City FC, the Major League Soccer club said on Monday. Vieira, who has been working with the development squad of NYCFC's parent club Manchester City, will take up his new role in January ahead of the 2016 MLS season. New York fired American coach Jason Kreis last week after they failed to make the playoffs in their debut season in the North American leagu

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:29:30 -0500
Spain coach minus key players ahead of friendly matches

MADRID (AP) -- Real Sociedad has fired coach David Moyes exactly a year after the Scotsman was hired to help lift it from the tail-end of the Spanish leagu

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:53:11 -0500
Athletics-Russia faces ban from athletics for widespread doping offences

An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that the Russian Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences - a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team miss next year's Rio Olympics. The commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), found a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics. It said in its report that the London 2012 Olympics had been "sabotaged" by the widespread inaction of international and national anti-doping authoritie

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:49:44 -0500
Soccer-Robben looks ahead to another major tournament with the Dutch

An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that the Russian Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences - a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team banished from Olympic competition. An independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) identified what it called systemic failures in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and in Russia "that prevent or diminish the possibility of an effective anti-doping program". Russia is a traditional powerhouse of athletics and finished second behind the United states in the medal table at the 2012 Olympics, with 17 medals, eight of them gol

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:31:25 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud missed a flurry of chances in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur but manager Arsene Wenger was satisfied to see the striker's frustration with his own performance. Giroud, who had scored seven in his last eight games for club and country, struck the crossbar with a header in the 55th minute and missed a sitter from close range five minutes later. Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in the first half and the visitors looked set for victory until Arsenal substitute Kieran Gibbs equalised with 13 minutes to g

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 01:00:10 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Nov 9

Inches away from getting eliminated in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs, the Portland Timbers are bound for the Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history. Perhaps Portland coach Caleb Porter is right and these Timbers are headed for something special. Fanendo Adi scored off a feed from Diego Valeri in the 31st minute and Diego Chara added the capper in second-half stoppage time, sending the Timbers to the West finals with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday nigh

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:28:56 -0500
Soccer-US championship results

Walker Zimmerman forced extra time with a 91st-minute goal and scored the clinching for penalty kick to help top-seeded FC Dallas reach the MLS Cup Western Conference finals with victory Sunday night over the Seattle Sounders in their two-game series. FC Dallas won 4-2 on penalty kicks after three lead-changing goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation time and 30 scoreless minutes of extra time. The result after first 180 minutes of the two-leg series was a tie in both the aggregate score (3-3) and away goals (1-1

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:31:22 -0500
Kamara, Crew advance to MLS Cup Eastern finals

Even without Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal 2 minutes into injury time, the New York Red Bulls would have advanced to the MLS Cup Eastern Conference finals. It was the second straight year New York has beaten its I-95 rival in the Eastern semifinals, but it took 92 minutes to settle it for sure. ''It was something I was waiting for all game,'' Wright-Phillips sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 18:43:15 -0500
Soccer-Neymar - Nou Camp magic brings back memories of Ronaldinho

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document's authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA. According to leaks to a French investigative news organization, Mediapart, the WADA report will say that athletics officials tried to extort money from leading athletes, including a Turkish Olympic champion, in return for concealing the fact that they had failed drugs tests. One of the co-authors of the report, Richard McLaren, a Canadian law professor and sports lawyer, told the Sunday Times: "This is a whole different scale of corruption than the FIFA scanda

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 18:34:38 -0500
Athletics-Sport braced for damning revelations from anti-doping agency

Even without Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal 2 minutes into injury time, the New York Red Bulls would have advanced to the MLS Cup Eastern Conference finals. It was the second straight year New York has beaten its I-95 rival in the Eastern semifinals, but it took 92 minutes to settle it for sure. ''It was something I was waiting for all game,'' Wright-Phillips sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:55:27 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Neymar scored a spectacular goal to help Barcelona capture the Spanish league lead Sunday as Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season was brought to an end with a 3-2 loss at Sevilla. Barcelona will take its three-point lead to Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the season's first ''clasico'' match after the international break. Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal both drew, while Liverpool experienced its first loss under Juergen Klopp at the hands of Crystal Palac

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:06:13 -0500
Soccer-Ghent suffer first league defeat and lose top place

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored 2 minutes into second-half injury time and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The Red Bulls, who won the first leg of the two-game series 1-0 last week in Washington, advanced on aggregate goals 2-0, marking the second straight year they have beaten their I-95 rivals in the semifinals. New York will face either the Montreal Impact or Columbus Crew in another two-game serie

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:42:32 -0500
Soccer-Neymar hits double as Barca sink Villarreal

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal's hopes of leapfrogging Premier League leaders Manchester City were frustrated when they drew 1-1 with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after City's surprising 0-0 draw with bottom club Aston Villa. Tottenham, who moved up to fifth, had looked on course for a rare away win against their neighbors when they led through Harry Kane's first-half goal but substitute Kieran Gibbs equalized for the Gunners with 13 minutes left. Juergen Klopp tasted defeat for the first time since taking over as Liverpool manager, his side beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfiel

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:27:46 -0500
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings

Turning Liverpool into title challengers will be no quick task for Juergen Klopp. As Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal both drew on Sunday, Liverpool experienced its first loss under Klopp at the hands of Crystal Palace. Going into the international break, the 2-1 Anfield setback left Liverpool with five points from a possible 12 in the post-Brendan Rodgers era - and the only victory came against a Chelsea side which has lost the majority of games in its title defens

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:38:28 -0500
Soccer-La Liga top scorers

Kieran Gibbs was Arsenal's unlikely rescue act after coming off the bench in the north London derby on Sunday, scoring his second-ever Premier League goal to recover a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. The defender's first goal since March 2012 came in the 77th minute, three minutes after surprisingly replacing forward Joel Campbell with Arsenal trailing. ''He gets in good positions,'' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sai

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:28:36 -0500
Soccer-Russian championship results and standings

Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 2-1 Sunday in the Premier League to hand new Reds manager Juergen Klopp his first loss in his seventh game in charge. Center back Scott Dann scored the winner at Anfield in the 82nd minute, heading in from close range after a corner. Under Klopp, Liverpool has three wins, three draws and one defea

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:37:56 -0500
Soccer-Miserly Inter notch eighth single-goal win of the season

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa marked Remi Garde's first game in charge by frustrating Manchester City 0-0 to end a seven-game losing streak in a meeting of the bottom and top teams in the Premier League on Sunda

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:51:23 -0500
Athletics-We face long road to redemption, says IAAF chief Coe

World athletics president Sebastian Coe said he reacted with "shock, anger and sadness" to this week's allegations of bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups and said the sport faces a "long road to redemption". Coe, elected as the president of the sport's IAAF governing body in August, has been dealing with the latest crisis to hit athletics after French authorities this week placed his long-serving predecessor Lamine Diack under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Senegalese Diack, 82, is alleged to have received more than one million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athlete

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:51:23 -0500
Athletics-We face long road to redemption, says IAAF chief Coe

World athletics president Sebastian Coe said he reacted with "shock, anger and sadness" to this week's allegations of bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups and said the sport faces a "long road to redemption". Coe, elected as the president of the sport's IAAF governing body in August, has been dealing with the latest crisis to hit athletics after French authorities this week placed his long-serving predecessor Lamine Diack under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering. Senegalese Diack, 82, is alleged to have received more than one million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athlete

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:08:45 -0500
Teen goalie excels as AC Milan draws Atalanta 0-0 at home

Chelsea hit a low Saturday with a third straight loss in the English Premier League, while Bayern Munich rediscovered its dominant form in German

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 17:17:33 -0500
Soccer-Milan held by Atalanta, Bologna win at Verona

AC Milan's winning streak was ended by Atalanta in a 0-0 draw at home in Serie A, though 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was crucial to the Rossoneri earning a point on Saturday. Milan, which had won its previous three matches, moved provisionally to fifth. Atalanta was up to seventh ahead of Sunday's matche

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:04:42 -0500
Stoke wins 1-0 in 3rd straight EPL defeat for Chelsea

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho's future at Chelsea was pushed further under the spotlight on Saturday when the manager, absent through a stadium ban, may have watched in solitary misery as the champions lost yet again at Stoke City. On a day when Jamie Vardy kept his amazing scoring exploits going for Leicester City to help Claudio Ranieri's side join Manchester City and Arsenal on 25 points at the top of the Premier League, the latest crisis for Mourinho still eclipsed all els

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:00:45 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

Stoke beat Chelsea 1-0 Saturday to inflict the third straight Premier League defeat on the defending champions. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho missed the away game after receiving a stadium ban for his behavior toward match officials in his side's 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October. The latest loss is his side's seventh defeat in 12 league matches and raises further doubts over Mourinho's futur

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 14:28:37 -0500
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

STOKE, England (AP) -- Stoke beat Chelsea 1-0 Saturday to inflict the third straight Premier League defeat on the defending champion

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:44:33 -0500
Timbers-Whitecaps FC Preview

Manchester United ended its Premier League scoring drought with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the ninth straight league match in a 2-1 victory against Watford. Both United and West Brom labored in a first half lacking any real purpose and it wasn't until the second that Jesse Lingard broke the deadlock with his first goal in United colors, curling an effort beyond goalkeeper Boaz Myhill within minutes of the restart. ''How Jesse finished was remarkable ... I give every player a chance - alway

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